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PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 12: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on November 12, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The Ottawa Senators improved to 5-1-1 on Wednesday night, but they found out Thursday they may be without their top center for possibly the rest of the season. Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray announced Thursday that Jason Spezza, who has a history of back problems, is out indefinitely with another back issue. The center will undergo surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc in his back. There is no timetable for a return, but there’s a modicum of optimism that he would return for the playoffs. Spezza had been solid in his five games this season. He’s logged two goals and three assists to go along with a plus-3 rating helping the Senators to one of the Eastern Conference’s best starts. Spezza is coming off of another incredible season with the Sens where he notched 34-50-84 totals on the way to leading Ottawa to a surprise playoff appearance. Photo via Facebook/Ottawa Senators
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